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Re: Memories of Minters Cafe and others in Rochester
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2013, 09:19:03 »
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Re: Memories of Minters Cafe and others in Rochester
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2013, 00:23:25 »
Sorry, forgot my manners Numanfan. Thank you for the photo of the spinning wheel cafe, very much appreciated.

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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2013, 23:44:24 »
Bryn thanks for the memory, I think your correct concerning 'kunzal"cakes, it`s a long time ago and my memory's not what it used to be.
However, that photo from Numanfan of the spinning wheel cafe was a bolt from the past.
If you look in the top left, you can just see a bay window, it was the rear of our house, 9 Union Street.
I well remember that accident, just in front of the van was the entrance to our back alley, we heard the bang indoors. I believe the young rider died in hospital a few days later, pre crash helmet days, he never stood a chance.That was a not so pleasant past memory .

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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2013, 09:02:20 »
Thanks for the pic numanfan  :)
When would these buildings have disappeared. I don't remember them at all  ( early 60s ? )
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Re: Memories of Minters Cafe and others in Rochester
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2013, 08:58:02 »
Signals99 - Yes, the City Restaurant was a bit `posher` and we only went there once per week when on day release at Rochester Art College.
The cycle shop was Len Chambers who was very well known in the area.
I am a bit puzzled by `Kunzle` cakes being made by a local bakery. I always understood they were made by J. Lyons and were quite expensive but worth every penny. Absolutely unique - you can`t get anything like them today.

Edit. numanfan, you posted as I was typing. I think it`s possible the name was changed some time during the 50s as I`m sure there are traces of another name either side of the one on your photo but, on the other hand the other sign on the left looks as if it`s been there for some time. I went there in the early 50s.

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Re: Memories of Minters Cafe and others in Rochester
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2013, 07:24:02 »
Hi, yes indeed it was the City Restaurant Bryn,a bit posh for us local lads.They sold a local ice cream, El Dorado, very good ice cream it was too. About that era there was a very well known cycle shop in Rochester, name of Chambers, or Chalmers can't recall which, but it was well known in the cycling world, made specialised ultra light frames.So every weekend most of that end of Corporation Street became a bike park.
To digress, another good a restaurant was the Spinning Wheel in East Row, Rochester, any one remember it? Very small but good; they sold another local product "Kunzal"cakes, produced by Humphreys bakers next to the Court House, Rochester (opposite the Majestic).

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2013, 15:51:31 »
The stand up comics performing at the Empire frequently `had a go` at Minters Cafe, which always brought applause. Never did go there but remember well the Coffee Shop which was approximately opposite and also Andy`s Snacks at the foot of Star Hill.
There used to be a fairly good restaurant very close to Rochester Bridge on the right hand side. I think it may have been`The City Restaurant`, but I`m not sure - it was a long time ago.


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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2013, 15:18:41 »
Rochester1 ,
 I don't remember those two cafe's at all, but you have made a dreary afternoon a bit more cheerful. I am sorry you still bear the scars from falling through your 'tidy' workplace, but the demon king in a pantomime did make me chuckle. H and S would have a fit today over that 'cleaning' episode with the sauce bottle  :)
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Memories of Minters Cafe and others in Rochester
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2013, 15:07:46 »
Remember Minters? A good old Rochester working men's cafe which stood next to Dousts ship yard which in turn was opposite the Coffee Parlour on the banks. It catered for all of us blue collar workers, as we are known, and one visit to this establishment is indellibly etched on my mind.
I was sat eating a bacon sandwich when the cleaning lady said " 'Scuse me love" with which she took a dish cloth out of her pinny pocket and proceeded to wipe the table over; Lifting up my sandwich to do so. She then picked up the sauce bottle and unscrewing the cap wiped around the rim with her cloth. Then the piece de resistance was to stick her finger inside the bottle and give it an 'internal'! Removing her finger, she licked it and then replacing the top, moved on to the next table. That, I put to you, is why us old people have  cast iron guts!!
Over the road from Minters was The Galley Cafe just opposite Featherstones. As an apprentice I was working there renewing the rotten joists supporting the floor. To do this I had a section of the flooring up and consequently the Cafe was closed. At lunch time I decided to go across to Minters (I never learn) for my lunch. I don`t know why, but as I left the shop I pulled the lino back over the hole, I suppose I thought it looked tidier. Having dined regally!! at Minters I went back across to the job and opening the front door I stepped inside and like the demon king in a pantomime crashed through the lino into the cellar. I still have the scars.







 

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